You will be staying in remote areas, close to the Thai-Burmese border in either a home-stay or teachers dorm. Despite the remoteness of the schools, wi-fi and good phone signal is widely available. All schools have full kitchen facilities and supply all bedding, although you might want to bring a sleeping bag from home for extra comfort.
You must seek advice from your GP or local travel clinic for their current guidelines. Sometimes the vaccination courses take several months to finish the course, so please ensure this is all up-to-date before you travel.
If you have any other specific health or medical conditions, please let us know in advance on your application. Bare in mind that you will be within hours of a hospital at any given time where there is likely to be an English speaking doctor on duty.
Pre-departure, you will have a UK based contact who you can call, text or email anytime with your questions or queries. After arrival in Thailand, you will be met by an English speaking Thai staff member who will pick you up and take you to the school.
All your lessons will be assisted by a Thai teaching assistant, and you have the full backing of some brilliant minds and teachers. As a volunteer team, you will work together to formulate lesson plans using the provided material, as well as bring your own individual enthusiasms and ideas to the lessons.
We provide all the basic necessities, but there are some things which are easier to bring from home than to source locally. We recommend you bring the following for your stay with us, or that you buy on arrival in Bangkok before meeting up for the project.
– Sunscreen and after sun – very expensive in Thailand
– Good quality boots / sandals – the schools are very rural!
– At least two smart outfits for teaching classes
– Stickers, magnets or other cheap trinkets from your home country – the kids love to learn about your home countries!
– Spending money – for snacks, nights out and transport to and from the meeting point.
– Thai Sim Card – free on arrival in the airport
Our program fees start from 15USD per day and are inclusive of the following:
Home-stay or teacher dormitory accommodation
Hot lunches at school every day
In-country support from an English and Thai speaking expert
UK based phone and e-mail support for pre-departure guidance
Pickup and drop-off in Kanchanaburi city at the beginning and end of your stay
Weekend excursions to local attractions such as beaches, waterfalls, national parks, hot springs and elephant sanctuary. Hotel is included if necessary for the trip, as well as all transfers.
Thai language and culture lessons from our knowledgeable staff
Certificate of Completion upon finishing the program
Friends for life!
Not included in the program fees:
Weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) accommodation if you choose not to join the weekly excursion
Food and entrance fees for weekend trips
Transport to and from the airport to Kanchanaburi (3 hours from Bangkok airports)
Breakfast and dinners (budget 3 – 5USD per day for food outside of teaching hours)
Snacks and sundries – most volunteers find that 20 – 30USD per week is more than enough to cover these additional luxury items
Program fees are as follows:
1 week – 240USD (8000thb)
2 weeks – 420USD (14,000thb)
3 weeks – 610USD (20,000thb)
4 weeks – 790USD (26,000thb)
+ 100USD per additional week
No! As the level of English language you will be teaching is fairly basic, and you will have a Thai teaching assistant on hand at all times, we do not ask our volunteers to be TEFL qualified – you just need to come with an open heart and mind! We also welcome those who speak English as a second language, as we value the experience that you have in being an English student.
We also love to run drama, dance and music workshops and if this is your passion then please let us know in advance so we can facilitate this during your stay.